Beauty Editors Swear By This Glowing Body Cream for Summer-Ready Limbs

I'll be honest here: There are a whole bunch of trending beauty products on Instagram and TikTok that are simply not worth the hype. And when I say a whole bunch, I mean most. I feel confident enough to say this given my job. It is, after all, a beauty editor's task to look at every aspect of a product (ingredients, packaging, marketing, claims, results, etc.) and weigh up whether or not it is really worth its price tag before recommending it to the masses. Call me biased, but it's for this reason that I always recommend going to beauty editors for honest advice before buying a product—for the most part, we have no incentive to recommend any beauty product to you. If it's good, we'll suggest it; if it's bad, we'll tell you.

Given this insight, the beauty products that I typically consider to be the best in class are the ones that receive social media hype and sit pride of place on beauty editors' shelves. And one that springs to mind straight away when I think of products that reside in this very elite group is Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Despite being all over Instagram, it is the body cream of choice for all of my beauty-editor pals (myself included).


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Before I delve into why it's such a great body cream, it's important to know that it is not an everyday product. To start with, the £45 price means it's barely an affordable enough option to justify daily use. The most important reason for not buying this stuff as a daily moisturiser, though, is actually that it packs quite the shimmering punch—but not in a way that makes it feel cheap. The shimmer in Bum Bum cream doesn't leave you looking like a disco ball but instead delivers a sunlit glow that has limbs sparkling under the summer sun in a way that makes it look like you've stepped out of a glistening sea. Instead of being an everyday reach-for, Bum Bum is the sort of body cream you buy once a year as soon as things start heating up and reserve for special occasions when you want your skin to look its most hydrated, glowing best. To sum it up, I like to use Bum Bum whenever I want J.Lo skin. 

The biggest selling point of Brazilian Bum Bum cream, some might argue, is its scent, which is like a tropical, sun-drenched paradise with notes of pistachio, salted caramel and vanilla. It's summer skin in one mouth-watering, richly hydrating formula. Speaking of which, the formula is also worth writing home about. Packed with caffeine-rich ingredients, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, Bum Bum works to boost skin health from every angle. It will bust dry skin, helping to plump and smooth while it works.

Do you need Bum Bum cream? Absolutely not. But is it worth the money? Sure. Unlike, say, a cult cleanser, this body cream is far from a necessity. However, as a beauty editor who really champions the power of a great body product, believe me when I say that this body cream is still worth every penny of the £45 it costs. So much so that I have been through at least five tubs of the stuff. As soon as the mercury hits 20, you better believe I'm slathering my limbs in Bum Bum. 

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous.

Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics.

While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best.

When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.